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Dec 2, 2012 12:00pm PST
misunderstood. it's based on what washington budgeting organizations call the current law baseline. what that means is that what's scheduled to go into effect already is baked into the cake. and because the bush tax cuts are expiring provisions that were voted for ten years ago, it doesn't really count as a tax hike when they're already scheduled to take effect. so as long as republicans can just keep the revenue below what taxes would raise to in full expiration of the bush tax cuts, they won't be violating the pledge. >> kevin, that sounds incredibly reasonable. do you think grover norquist shares that interpretation? >> so there's an important distinction to be made between what the pledge actually says and what americans for tax reform, his activist organization advocates for. as grover said himself, the pledge is to the american people, not to grover norquist. so it's not just, you know, republicans need grover norquist's approval for what they want to do. it's more that americans for tax reform wants to keep tax rates low despite the fact that legislation says they're just go
Dec 9, 2012 12:00pm PST
now, that's current law and then continue to fight on the others, you know, i just think that's number one, the right thing to do. you don't punish the american people. you don't use them as hostages in a negotiation and i think it's smart politic. it's good negotiating because it moves most of this debate over to the spending and entitlement debate. >> i want to bring in congressman aelect. 39 senators in the in coming congress which you'll be apart of have signed the pledge, you are not one of them and you say you are not going to sign. is this a principle decision and grover norquist or the fact you don't like pledges or are you planning to support a tax hike on the top 2%? >> i didn't sign because number one, you know, the pledge i've made is i've made a pledge to my country to pledge allegiance to america, my wife. we've got a spending problem in this country and i think there's better ways that we can deal with that. >> i want to go back to congressman cole for a second. i'd like to take every opportunity i can to remind americans about what this pledge is. i've got the no
Dec 8, 2012 10:00am PST
earlier that it is current law if we do nothing the bush tax cuts expire and rates go up. is that fancy footwork? >> i'll let grover speak for himself. >> i will try to get as much spending cuts as i can. i'm not voting to raise taxes. i have never advocated that we should. it's a mistake. it's a spending problem. entitlement reform problem. we're going to have revenue on the table whether we want it or not. i don't think if i allowed tax rates to go up on 90% of the american people or 98% of them when i could stop it, how would letting taxes go up be a violation or make the tax cuts a violation? that's inconsistent. one other item is the payroll tax. nobody seems to be talking about that. if the pledge applies to one, it applies to the other. >> it would be much easier if we didn't have all the temporary measures or pledges. mr. yoho, have you ever spoken to grover norquist? >> i have had the opportunity to speak to him. icon vaed my feelings. he seemed okay with that. i agree with congressman cole. we have a spending problem in this country. we've got the revenue. we need to get
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